The Department of Physics requires that all applicants meet UCF minimum admission requirements. For information about UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline(s).

The Department of Physics at UCF offers both Master’s and Doctoral programs.  More information about each program is available on the Curriculum page.



Applicants may apply to the Physics MS program or if interested in pursuing both an MS and PhD in Physics, applicants may apply directly to the PhD program.  Applicants that are admitted to the Physics PhD program may request the option to receive a Master’s Along the Way upon completion of the MS degree requirements, which include a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the Bachelor’s Degree.

The admission process begins with the applicant completing the graduate online application here.

To apply for the UCF Physics Masters to PhD Bridge Program click here.

In addition, to the general UCF graduate admission requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

Doctoral degree applicants
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended (sent directly by the school, not by the applicant)
  • GRE general test score taken within the last five years*
  • GRE Physics test score is optional

*NOTE: The GRE has been removed as an admission requirement for this graduate program for applicants applying Spring 2021 through the Fall 2021 term. This is a temporary measure in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  However, the GRE will once again be required for doctoral applicants effective Spring 2022.

Master’s degree applicants

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended (sent directly by the school, not by the applicant)
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Students entering the Physics graduate program with regular status are normally expected to have completed course work generally required for a bachelor’s degree in physics, including mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermal and statistical physics, and quantum mechanics. Expected coursework and minimum requirements for the planetary science track can be found at the planetary sciences PhD program page

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on an evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, match to the program and faculty expertise related to the applicant’s career/academic goals, as well as the applicant’s potential for completing the degree.

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, free health insurance and/or loans. For more information click on the financial support information tab or contact

Prospective students are urged to pre-apply before completing the online application by sending their CV, Essay, and Unofficial Transcripts to the committee by November 30th.  Send these documents (as a PDF file) via e-mail to For many students, there are possibilities of fellowships, and submitting a pre-application directly to the department can be important for identifying those opportunities.


Application Deadlines

In order to receive consideration for admission to the program and consideration for financial support, the online application and supporting documents must be received at UCF’s College of Graduate Studies by the January 15th Fall Priority deadline.

Consideration for the UCF Physics Masters to PhD Bridge Program begins with an application to the American Physical Society (APS) Bridge Program, which opens in December and has a deadline in March.  Refer to the APS Bridge Program website for the most current information about: APS Bridge Program eligibility and application process.

UCF Application Deadlines:
Semester International International Transfer Domestic
Fall Priority January 15 January 15 January 15
Fall January 15 January 15 July 1
Spring July 1 July 1 December 1


Other Links:

Domestic Applicants International Applicants UCF Global Immunization Form APS Bridge Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)